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We are announcing the latest database release that has many important additions to the AID collection. Please check the preview for additional details about these databases.

IGRA is very proud of its participation in the process of digitizing and indexing the Montefiore Census records. Mathilde Tagger (z”l), Rose Feldman and Billie Stein spearheaded the efforts which began at the IGS and concluded at IGRA. They were joined by a group of volunteers who spent countless hours deciphering (a variety of script writing is found in the originals), transcribing, translating, researching (for instance occupations were mentioned that no longer exist or are now called by a different name) and finalizing the documents. The results are available on the website of The Montefiore  Endowment searchable in both Hebrew and English. IGRA is now announcing the availability to search this index on the AID search engine as well. This allows you to take advantage of our special soundex giving you spelling variations for each surname without having to input each variation on your own. The detail page (available to paid IGRA members) will give you the item number, locality and notes – and a link taking you directly to that item on the Montefiore Endowment website. Those who are registered on the IGRA website will see the name and the year of the census that this record refers to (1839, 1849, 1855, 1866 or 1875).

In addition to this amazing index this release has the following:

Voter List – Knesset Israel, Tel Aviv, (Tet – Lamed),1936: (images) More than 5,000 names have been added to this database. The data available includes the name of the father, the age of the voter, sex of the individual, the community they were affiliated with and where they lived at that time. This database is in Hebrew and is from the Historical Municipal Archives of Tel Aviv-Yaffo.

Voter Registry for the Holon Local Council, 1945: (images) This list of just over 3,000 names identifies those allowed to participate in the election for the Holon Local Council. There is an identification number specific for this election and the name of the person. This database is in Hebrew and from the Israel State Archives.

Palestine Marriage/Divorce Certificates: (images) Almost 4,000 new additions to this special database. These certificates (not from the Rabbinut) have so much information available on each of the couple. You could learn where they are from, the names of their parents (and witnesses), their occupation, where they were living, their age and more. These are the closest we can offer of a vital record from this time period. The certificates are mostly in Hebrew and from the Israel State Archives.

Demobilization of Jewish Polish Soldiers in Eretz Israel, 1947: (images) These records are of those who were registered as immigrants having served in the Polish Army and was part of a larger collection of Jewish Soldiers in the Polish Army. The name and rank of each is listed. This database is in English and is from the Israel State Archives.

Telephone Directory, (the letter B), 1963: (images) This addition brings over 3,500 names that begin with the letter B. These are from the central region and give the address, City/neighborhood and phone number. This database is in English and originates from the Library of Congress.

As always, we are most grateful to all of our volunteers. Many have joined our ranks recently and we are always looking for additional help both in Hebrew and English. If databases aren’t your thing but you are able to volunteer other services to IGRA – please write to us at

A reminder – our indexes are available to all who are registered on the IGRA website as well as a selection of articles, recorded webinars and other resources. In order to receive full access to these and the complete details on our databases, one needs to have paid their 2018 membership dues (150 NIS/$45 per individual; 200 NIS/$60 per couple).

Today is the holiday of Tu B’Shvat where we celebrate trees…. and what better holiday could there be for genealogists? IGRA is bringing you additional databases today to help you grow your family trees. Good luck!

The databases we are releasing today can be previewed here. There are four databases in this update. Two are new to our collection and two are updates.

Voters’ List Knesset Israel, Tel Aviv – 1936 (letters Alef – Daled): (images) This is the first section of this Voters’ List. The information you may find includes the address, locality, age, gender, family name, first name, name of father, comment. The database is in Hebrew.

Immigrants Listed in the Aliyah Department, Haifa – 1943: (images) In addition to the name of the person you may find the locality, country of origin, an additional surname, date of immigration, age. The database is in Hebrew.

Operation on Eagles Wings – October, 1949: (no images) We are adding over 3,500 names to this unique database. The name and an ID number are included. Additional information may be available by following the link to the website of the JDC on each detail page. The names appear in English.

Telephone Directory, 1963 (letters G – H): (images) We continue to present the entries in the 1963 Telephone Directory in English. The information you may be able to see includes the phone number, address, locality (city), occupation and comments. Not all entries have identical information available.

We thank all of our dedicated volunteers without whom we could not continue to bring new searchable records to you. We are looking for people to join this volunteer team especially to work with the records in English. Knowledge of Excel is necessary. Please write to us at and we will get back to you!

Happy Tu B’Shvat – may you add many new “leaves” to your family tree and see it continue to grow with new family details.

(Remember that only paying members of IGRA are able to access the scans of the documents. Click here to join now.)



Many thanks are due to our dedicated volunteers who helped prepare the following databases. Please check out the slide presentation with a preview of what you can anticipate to find (in both English & Hebrew).

Aleppo Britot – Rabbi Dayan 1868-1945: (7,555) (no images) IGRA thanks Sarina Roffe for sharing this special database with us. Books were kept in Aleppo with information regarding the Brit Mila for the male infants in the years listed above. These records were kept by the Mohel – and during this period there were several. Additional information regarding this database can be found through this link on the SephardicGen website. The Hebrew date and general date are given. The database is in Hebrew.

Jewish Students in Palestine, 1916: (73) (no images) This file was found at the Central Zionist Archives. Those mentioned were Jewish Students being followed by the Turks. There are some comments in addition to the name of the student.

Americans in Palestine, 1929: (125) (images available) We thank Rabbi Gary Gans for sharing this file with us and allowing us to prepare the database and make it available to you. The information could be a letter or a list with possibly names of additional family members, an address and locality.

Voters for Municipal Council Petah Tikva, 1939: (6,952) (images available) This list is typed, in Hebrew and was located in the Israel State Archives. The information you can see, in most cases, is the name, age, street and if they have the qualifications to be elected as a member of the Council. This includes both males and females. You may find more than one family member at the address..

Operation “On Eagles Wings” – October, 1949: (4,983) (no images) We are adding close to 5,000 names to our collection of those who came to Israel from Yemen in 1949 in Operation “On Eagles Wings”. This project is done in conjunction with the JDC and each record has a link which will take you to the record on the JDC website.

1963 Telephone Directory Tel Aviv area – Letters I-J: (1287) (images available) Phone books can provide some interesting information about our families. In this phone book (in English) you may find an occupation in addition to the street address, phone number and locality. For our members looking at the page from the phone book, you might also be able to connect with additional family members.


Some reminders – when there are images connected with our databases, these images are only visible to paid members of IGRA. Our membership year is from January 1 to December 31 each year. If you have not yet renewed, following a short grace period, access will be denied to those images and additional member benefits. Those joining IGRA during December will enjoy membership through the end of 2018.

It is only possible to continue to bring additional databases with the help of volunteers. Many projects can be worked on one page at a time (about 40 lines). There are other ways you may be able to help as well. Please write to us at: to let us know you are ready to join in this incredible effort.

Wishing everyone a wonderful Festival of Lights and hope that you will find new information regarding your family.

And they said it couldn’t be done! In less than six years the IGRA database team, headed by Rose Feldman and assisted by Daniel Horowitz, Carol Hoffman and a league of volunteers have made available to the public over 1,000,000 records relating to Eretz Israel from the Ottoman Empire through the British Mandate to the State of Israel.

The preview of the database release will give you an overview of what has been released this month. We encourage you to view it for additional insights for this release.

Here are the details of what you may expect to find on the fourteen databases represented in this release:

Tombstones of the Jewish Cemetery of Salonica, Greece – (images) The basis of this database is from a book written by Michael Molho found in the National Library of Israel. The images are of the index of tombstones found in this book.

Palestine Marriage/Divorce Certificates – (images) We are adding 430 additional certificates to this database. It is possible to have the following information: name, name of parent, occupation of parent, witness name and occupation, date, locality, address, age, religion, occupation. These are part of a project in cooperation with the Israel State Archives.

1928-1931 Petah Tikva Marriages & Divorces – (images) This set of records is in Hebrew and comes from the Petach Tikva History Archives and Museum. There is the date, locality and status of each individual.

1931-1940 Jerusalem Marriages – (no images) – These records represent an update to the existing database of Marriages in the ledgers of the Sephardi and Oriental Communities, Jerusalem found in the  Jerusalem Municipal Archives. It contains names of brides and grooms with names of their fathers and the date of their marriage. The ledger belongs to the Council of the Sephardi and Oriental Communities, Jerusalem, who have given permission to publish this database.

1939-1945: The Dublin Committee for the Relief of the Russian, Polish & Palestine Jews – (images) This database is in English and contains the names and amounts of those who contributed. The information comes from the British Library.

1940 Prohibited Immigrants – (images) This list of over 1600 people who were not granted permission to come in to Palestine in 1940. The information included has name, gender, age and nationality. IGRA received this information from the Israel State Archives.

1941 Members of Histadrut HaMorim (Teachers’ Union) – (images) This list of over 2,700 teachers, all members of the Teachers’ Union is from the Tel Aviv University. Besides the names of the teacher there may also be the locality, neighborhood and name of the educational institution.

1942 Enlistment to the British Army from Petah Tikva – (images) In addition to the names you may find the address, locality, date and unit/squadron. This file is an update to one published earlier. The data comes from the Petach Tikva History Archives and Museum.

1946-1947 HaShomer HaTzair Youth – (images) This group of close to 800 people were organized in Poland and ready to come to Palestine under the auspices of the HaShomer HaTzair Youth. The information may include name, date, birth year, locality, country, gender and comments. The file was located at Yad Ya’ari Archives, Givat Haviva.

1948 Municipal Employees in Petah Tikva – (images) This database is also built from material at the Petach Tikva History Archives and Museum. For the workers included in this database you may find the locality, birth year, occupation and place of employment.

September, 1949 Operation On Eagles Wings – (no images) More than 8,600 names are added now to this growing database done in cooperation with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC). These immigrants came from Yemen in an amazing effort to save this important population.

1954 Name Changes – (images) The official government publication – Yalkut HaPirsumim – regularly published the name changes. The former name, the new name (in both cases first and last names), the locality and the date are mentioned. This is an update to our database of name changes.

1963 Telephone Directory – Vol. 2 – (images) Using the CSI (Crowd Sourced Indexing) program our volunteers have made available the people listed in this volume of the 1963 telephone directory. The phone book is in English. At this time the letters A, E and F have been completed. In the future we will be adding to this database regularly.

2016 Engagements – (no images) The Engagements database is being updated with close to 900 couples engaged in 2016. This information was listed on the internet and can include the name, date, locality, gender, education and status.

We thank all of our volunteers for their hard work and invite you to join those using CSI to transcribe documents in order to make the databases available on the IGRA website. If you are interested in working on this project – please click on this link and be sure to choose The Israel Genealogy Research Association (IGRA) when you are asked to “Select a Group” in the registration process.

With the latest addition of databases (check out our preview!) we now have over 967,000 records!! An incredible effort has been made by our volunteers and we are appealing to you to join in helping us make more records available.

Indexing records is now something most people can do from their home with little advance knowledge. The program we are now using – CSI, developed by Banai Feldman and Daniel Horowitz, allows our volunteers to work on databases a page at a time (each page needs to be completed within 24 hours). You can chose which database you want to work on and can change to a different database easily. When you sign up please be sure to choose IGRA from the pull down menu options for “Select Your Group”. Each database is described and the language of the file is mentioned. You do not need to work with Excel in order to participate. With one screen you see both the file to transcribe and the lines in the spreadsheet. Look for the databases IGRA is currently offering. Your help is most appreciated.

Our current database additions:

Births in Zikhron Ya’akov 1883-1920 (updated) – 1,409 additional listings from the Mathilde A. Tagger collection and the Zikhron Ya’akov Historical Archives. Information includes: name, birth date, license number and gender. (no images)

Jerusalem Directory, 1921 – This database is derived from a directory of Professionals, Trade and Industry. There are 3,033 listings giving the address and occupation. Our thanks to Dr. Motti Friedman for this wonderful resource. (images available)

Petah Tikva Census, 1922 – This database was built from material from the Oded Yarkoni Archives of the History of Petah Tikva. There are 3,076 people mentioned and the information consists of birth country, age, nationality and some comments. The original was handwritten in Hebrew script. (images available)

Palestine Marriage/Divorce Certificates (updated) – We have updated this database with an additional 4,822 lines! These certificates are not the ledger of the Rabbinut. They information available may include: name, address, age, status, date of record, name of parent, occupation of parent, date of document, etc. These certificates come from the Israel State Archives. (images available)

Members of Synagogues Beit Avraham & Beit Israel, 1928 – Petah Tikva – The information is from the Oded Yarkoni Archives of the History of Petah Tikva. (images available)

Voter List – Knesset Israel, 1936 (Haifa); Voter List – Knesset Israel, 1939; Voter List – Knesset Israel, 1944 (Givatayim) – Under the British Administration there were elections for Knesset Israel or the Assembly of Representatives. This was the elected parliamentary assembly of the Jewish community in British controlled Palestine. It was established on April 19, 1920 and functioned until February 13, 1949. The lists include those eligible to vote in these elections. The lists are from the Central Zionist Archives.

In 1936 the information gathered was only the name and address. In 1939, it lists the name, gender, age and locality. In 1944 there is the name, birth year and the neighborhood. (no images)

Hashomer Hatzair Kibbutz Census, 1940-1 – Each list is slightly different. Some are hand written while others are typed. Some indicate the birth year and a few have the birth date. All indicate the name of the kibbutz and the name of the member. Some of the kibbutzim have a separate list for the men and women. The lists come from the Yad Ya’ari Archives. (images available)

Notrim – Pre-State Jewish Police Force (updated) – The information may include: name, date, address, rank, regiment, unit. This information is in English. The list comes from the Central Zionist Archives. (no images)

Youth Organizations, 1939-49 – Each list is a little different. The information may include: name, date of record, birth year, birthdate, locality, country of origin, town of origin, date of immigration and education. These lists are from the Yad Ya’ari Archives. (images available)

Name Changes, 1957 (updated) – Name changes appeared in the official government publications (Yalkut HaPirsumim). Each listing mentions the original name, both first and last; the new name, first and last and also the ID#. The lists were located in the David J. Light Law Library, TAU. (images available)

Cattle Growers, 2009 – We found this list on the internet. The information includes the name, locality and corporation. (no images)

Images can be seen by paid members. Information on joining IGRA can be found on the website.

We thank our cooperating archives and our many, many volunteers for making this release of additional databases possible. Please consider joining our efforts!